Microscope is a GMless, dice-less, collaborative history-building game.

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How do I go about running a Microscope game with a large group of beginners?

I'm starting a new role-playing group with some friends of mine. Most of my friends have little to no experience with RPing so I thought Microscope would be a good game to introduce them to the ...
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How can simultaneous multi-location events or periods be tracked in Microscope?

Microscope describes how to sort events and periods in time, but how does one represent events and periods that happen at the same time, or overlapping times, in different locations or with different ...
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What's the difference between a Dictated Scene and an Event?

How are Dictated Scenes different from Events in microscope? I know that Scenes are with-in events. But when going to add a fact to the setting, it can be accomplished in many ways, An event can do ...
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What is the purpose of Light and Dark Tone? [duplicate]

Every time card: Period Event Scene Is to be marked with a Black (/filled) or White (/unfilled) circle, to indicate if the events described with in are Light or Dark, in nature/theme. Periods and ...
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What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope?

I'm interested in playing Microscope online and was wondering if anyone knows what tools exist that might support this? Microscope differs from many RPGs in that it is primarily playing using blank ...
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Running a game of Microscope that isn't totally insane?

I purchased Microscope quite a while ago, and have played countless games that were really awesome. We've created things like superheros with the power to turn any weapon into fish, people marrying ...
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Running Microscope for the first time using online

I'm planning to run a game of Microscope for the first time with players who've never played it before as well (hello deep end!) and it's going to have to be online as my players of choice are ...
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What makes a Scene worthwhile in a game of Microscope?

We just finished playing our first game of Microscope and had a great time. Most of the elements of the game were handled very well by the group: periods, events, the palette, etc. Scenes, however, ...
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In Microscope are Light and Dark used for anything?

I was teaching a game of Microscope today and I kept seeing references to light and dark. While expressing the tone of periods, events, and scenes is good, I remember from the playtest that a parent ...
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Are you supposed to have a Focus during the first pass?

I'm a little bit confused about the First Pass (described on pp. 15–16 of the rules). Is there a Lens and a Focus as usual, or does this section proceed without a Focus? If there's no Focus, how do ...
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Microscope RPG Turn Sequence During Scenes

One thing I am confused about on this game: do the players take turn while they actually play out the scenes? I know the turn order is used to voice thoughts about the scenes, but when the scene ...